In our last +1, we talked about you starting a hypothetical new job.
Today I want to talk about the science of jobs, careers, and callings.
He says that, in short:
If you’re simply showing up, punching the clock and getting paid, you have a Job.
If, on the other hand, you’re committed to mastering a given domain and working your way up the ladder of success you have a Career.
And… If you have “a passionate commitment to work for its own sake,” you have a Calling.
He makes the important point that “any job can become a calling, and any calling can become a job. … A physician who views the work as a Job and is simply interested in making a good income does not have a Calling, while a garbage collector who sees the work as making the world a cleaner, healthier place could have a Calling.”
Job. Career. Calling.
It’s all in how you approach it.
Here’s another perspective on it: Positive Psychologists based their whole field of research on operationalizing ancient virtues and finding ways to put those virtues in action. They have a little assessment I HIGHLY recommend that helps you identify what they call your “signature strengths.” Putting THOSE virtues in action is the cornerstone of flourishing. It’s also a cornerstone of making your work a Calling.
As Seligman says: “If you can find a way to use your signature strengths at work often, and also see your work as contributing to the greater good, you have a calling.”
My signature strengths? Creativity. Hope and Optimism. Energy and Enthusiasm. Courage. Wisdom. Kindness and Generosity.
I’ve worked hard to craft my life such that I can engage in those strengths day in and day out in service to something bigger than myself. I feel blessed to have (when my perspective allows it!) a calling.
And… Personally, I kinda like the idea of transcending and including ALL THREE perspectives on work.
I want to show up with my lunch pail, do some pounding like a Professional as I do my “Job” well. I ALSO want to master my domain as I create a great “Career.” AND… I want to do all that while using my gifts in greatest service to the world “Calling” style.
How about you?
How’s your Job/Career/Calling?
How can you shift your perspective a tad Today to make whatever you’re doing an awesome integration of that trifecta?!